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Oxford Working on Downtown Parking Shortage

After years of complaints and not nearly enough spaces, the city of Oxford has a plan to ease downtown congestion.
OXFORD, MS (abc24.com) - After years of complaints and not nearly enough parking spaces, the city of Oxford has a plan to ease downtown congestion.

"Obviously we've been struggling," says Mayor George Patterson.

Parking can be a pain in downtown Oxford.

"I think people get frustrated with having to go round and about a few times trying to find a space to park," says driver Angela Davis.

There aren't enough spaces. Downtown has about 700 spots that fill up fast.

"You're not going to get nowhere to park unless you come on the square early between 10 and 11," says Chauncey Pegues.

The city is working on a plan to change that. Right now, each spot has a two hour time limit from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; that's being extended until 8 o'clock at night.

The city is also in the process of buying land near the square to create another lot.

"That's going to offer some immediate relief," Patterson says. It will hold about 100 cars. While it will help, the city still wants to build a parking garage.

"We've been researching cost, design, where we could put it," Patterson tells abc24.com, "We've been looking at a 300 slip garage. It may have to be built in stages."

For drivers, even adding a little bit at a time would go a long way.

"Instead of just circling around and around and maybe having to park so far away," says Pegues. "It's just too much.'

The deal on the new lot should be finalized in the next 60 days with parking open by next spring.

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